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From the Inside Firefox blog – tips on writing for busy people (and who isn't??) :

  1. Make important points up front
  2. Clear taxonomy of headings (I need a dictionary)
  3. Write clearly and succinctly (well, uh, yeah)
  4. No long, unbroken paragraphs or text (we are lazy – we don't want to have to read a lot)
  5. Preferring bulleted lists with links to paragraphs (goes back to the lazy thing)
  6. Formatting to make important points clear

Maybe just me, but most of these lists are so damn obvious. Oh well, I guess you can't hear it too much. The big thing to get here is the idea of breaking up your writing – especially on the web. People are overwhelmed when they click on a page and see a huge paragraph or page of text. It could be written by Hemingway – but, they will click on by.

That's not just busy people – just people today. We want everything fast. We love lists (top 5 etc), bullets, one or two line paragraphs.

And – the idea of writing for "busy people" is so annoying to me. Who is not busy? Even if they aren't busy – they still don't want to sit around and read a bunch of drivel or BS. Right? Oh well, keep on writing, querying, blogging, and succeeding.
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Writer's Digest has a "Best Websites for Writers" with some great links for websites for writers. Here are just a few highlights:Here are a few highlighted websites from their list.

thanks to Lorelle at lorelle.wordpress.com for this post and the list above.

I have been spending the past year or so, since starting freelance writing full time, building up contacts, writing queries, researching magazine archives, googling, wiki-ing, taking classes and being published. Many times. I always thought I wanted to be a regular contributor to a big glossy or major paper. I write non-fiction articles for the newspapers, parent magazines, web sites, and magazines. They mostly pertain to parenting, some on personal financial issues (like renting or buying a home), and some on children's health. I have been successful, while not being able to exactly retire on the money I make, it's been great publicity, some extra latte money, and has led to more and more jobs.
/>The blogging started as a hobby on the side as a place to use my creativity and "practice" my writing. It has been invaluable in doing that. I am able to be totally free on my blogs – no standards, no editor's list of requirements, no NOTHING. Just me and my soul. My voice. My spirit.Soon, I noticed I was blogging more and writing (for $) less. Then, I was never writing – I had no desire or passion to write any more. That scared the hell out of me.

I have always written. It is my talent. My calling. My sickness and my addiction. I can't NOT write. Why did I lose it? Where was my passion?

Well – I figured it out – I was BORED out of my MIND with the "business" of writing. And, I just can't do it anymore. I can't. I am selling my soul (art) to the devil. My voice was being muffled and, eventually, I was mute. Silenced.

I was caught up in the sentences, paragraphs, style, tone, voice….and had lost my own. Funny thing is, they all say how they want to see YOUR voice – don't make it up…be yourself. Yeah, right.

They don't want your voice…they want their voice in your mouth. And it was making me sick to my stomach.

I am not just a writer. Some people are…and that's awesome for them. They can be copywriters, journalists, business writers…whatever…and make a ton of money. I can't. I am not a writer – I am an artist. I always have been.

If any of you are writers (real true writers) – you might know what I mean. I am an artist in spirit. My whole demeanor and attitude and vision is artistic. Artists are a different breed than the rest of the world. We are manic – sensual – sensitive – sexual – dramatic – compassionate – always sad – addictive – torn and blessed.

I am so incredibly grateful to be an artist. I love the mania and the obsession of it. I love that I can listen to music and it can literally carry me away. I can feel things other people can't. I can take in a painting or an aria until I feel my hairs stand on end. I can get off on the smells of early morning dew, newly cut grass, children coming in from the sun….I love it.

So, I can't compromise. And blogging has done this for me – set me free. Mostly because I realized how I was being chained into "that world" and because of the great comments I have received on my blogs from people all over the world saying my post was "brilliant" or my voice was "strong" or how it really touched them.

Yep. I am an artist. And damn proud of it. The pain, the tortured soul, the wine and cigarettes, all of it.

Writing is not something I do…it's something I am.

From a reporter at iFMagazine to an article in defamer.com – FINALLY, somebody sticks up for James Frey and says EXACTLY what I have been saying about the whole ridiculous thing. Here is a small clip for you from Bruce Willis –

“Look at what happened to James Frey in the last two weeks,” says
Willis. “That’s a great book and so is the follow up book. And just
because his publisher chose to say that these were memoirs, it took it
out of being a work of fiction, a great work of fiction and very well
written to this guy having to go be sucker punched on OPRAH by one of
the most powerful women in television just to grind her own axe about
it. ‘Hey, Oprah. You had President Clinton on your show and if this
prick didn’t lie about a couple of things I’m going to set myself on
fire right now.’ James Frey is a writer, okay? He can write whatever he
wants. It’s fiction, and it’s just hard, it’s just shameful how he was
treated in some of these things. read more here…..

Click here for a great article from the archives of lifehack.org on 50 tools to help you in writing. We should all bookmark this. It's good for all of us – even non-writers – since we all need to write at some time or another – letters, resumes, e-mails, etc.Follow here for 50 Writing Tool links – here are the first 10 (follow the article link for the individual links) – have fun…

  1. Branch to the Right
  2. Use strong verbs
  3. Beware of adverbs
  4. Period as a stop sign
  5. observe word territory
  6. play with word
  7. dig for the concrete and specific
  8. seek original images
  9. prefer simple to technical
  10. recognize your story's roots

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